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Mission Gateway developer provides new details for what's next on project

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On Thursday, Mission residents for the first time got a closer look at what's next for the beleaguered Mission Gateway project that is over 10 years in the making. (KCTV5) On Thursday, Mission residents for the first time got a closer look at what's next for the beleaguered Mission Gateway project that is over 10 years in the making. (KCTV5)
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On Thursday, Mission residents for the first time got a closer look at what's next for the beleaguered Mission Gateway project that is over 10 years in the making.

Last month, Walmart withdrew from the Mission Gateway project. 

There have been a number of plans for the vacant site, located on the southside of Johnson Drive between Roeland Drive, Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue. 

Developer Thomas Valenti on Thursday told Mission residents there is life for the project after Walmart. He said he is trying to make deals with three smaller retails to fill the spot. 

“A grocer, a sporting goods and an electronics store,” Valenti said. “Those would be my three prime targets, but there are others that we are looking at.”

Beth Garcia was one resident who was happy to see the Walmart proposal go. She brought a list of recommendations for the retailers. 

“There are stores I feel like a lot of people similar to me would enjoy, including DSW, Costco and things like that.” 

Valenti is hoping to attract several casual restaurants that would not include certain chains. 

“No, no fast-food,” he said. 

The developer has secured deals with Aloft and Element hotel chains. He says fine dining restaurants will open inside the hotels and there would also be less than 200 apartments. 

Valenti says Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s and JC Penney have all declined offers so far, but he will keep trying. He said with TIF and CID bonds, the project can still become a success. 

“It is going to happen,” he said. “It’s coming. It is going to happen. I hope the city of Mission will look at it's involvement in this project as a partnership.” 

Another meeting with Valenti will be held Friday morning at 8 a.m. at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center. 

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